Terms of Endearment by: Juliana

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Disclaimer: You know the drill. As much as I would love to own "Dawson's Creek" and have everything go according to my plan, I don't. They belong to Kevin Williamson, Tristar, and the WB. And the song "To Love You More" belongs to Celine Dion

Note: Read "My Best Friend's Wedding" Part 1 if you want to get this. Yet another note: I'd really like to thank everyone who sent me feedback. It really makes my day when someone tells me they like my story.

Terms of Endearment

I do," Dawson says, but not thinking it was Calista he was saying "I do" to.

Joey, hearing this, excuses herself and walks out of the room. When she does, she starts to run to the bathroom. When she gets there, she starts crying hysterically. A song came on the radio that made Joey stop crying and listen, (but, like, in the middle of the song she started crying again):

Take me back into the arms I love
Need me like you did before
Touch me once again
and remember when
there was no on that you wanted more

Don't go you know you'll break my heart
She won't love you like I will
I'm the one who'll stay
when she walks away
and you know I'll be standing here still

I'll be waiting for you here
here inside my heart
I'm the one who wants to love you more
You will see I can give you everything you need
Let me be the one to love you more

See me as if you never knew
Hold me so you can't let go
Just believe in me
I will make you see
all the things that your heart needs to know

I'll be waiting for you here inside my heart
I'm the one who wants to love you more
You will see I can give you everything you need
Let me be the one to love you more

And some way all the love that we had can be saved
Whatever it takes we'll find a way

Believe in me
I will make you see
all the things that your heart needs to know
I'll be waiting for you
here inside my heart
I'm the one that wants to love you more
You will see I can give you
everything you need
let me be the one to love you more

So the wedding was finished, and only after it did Dawson realize that he married Calista, not Joey. *Well, it's too late now.*

Then in the bathroom, Joey made herself to look like she hadn't been crying, and ran out of the chapel. No goodbyes, no thank yous, no nothings. She couldn't handle it.

1 year later at Dawson & Calista's house.......

"Dawson, we need to talk."

"You're right. We do. I....how should I put this..." He stops and takes a deep breath. "Calista, I think that we need to get a divorce."

"Dawson, why?" "I'm just not happy........and Callie, I just don't love you."

"Well, I only want you to be happy, so I guess....you can go call a lawyer."

"Thanks Cal...this means a lot to me."

As Dawson walks out of the room, Calista says to herself, "You're not getting away that easily. As far as everyone is concerned, Calista Jane Phillips always gets what she wants. And I want you and your money."

A few months later in Capeside...

"Mom!!!!! Dad!!!!! I'm home!!!!!" Dawson shouts as he enters the Leery household.

"Bessie!!!!!! Bodie!!!!!! I'm back!!!!!!!!!" shouts Joey as she enters the Potter household.

"Dawson, it's so good to see you," Gail says kindly.

"Yeah, well I need to talk to Joey. Do you know if she's here?" Dawson asks hopefully.

"Yes, I believe she is."

"Kay, Mom I'm going over there." Dawson turns to leave, and when he is right at the front door-

"Oh, and Dawson?"

He turns around and faces his mother. "Yeah?"

"She-I mean Joey-loves you. At your wedding, I could see it in her eyes. Remorse that she ever let you go. It wasn't jealousy, like it was when you were with Jen. It was remorse."

"Yeah, sure, whatever Mom," Dawson returned the comment rolling his eyes. He leaves.

In the Potter household.....

"It's good to see you, kiddo," Bessie says and looks at how much her sister had grown up.

"Aunt Joey!!!!!!!!"

"Oh my God-Bessie, is this....."

"Yep, it's Alex."

"Jeez, Alex, you've grown up so much since I last saw you!!!!" She lets go of his embrace. "I've gotta go talk to Dawson. Do you know if he's back here?"

"He should be."

"Then I'm going to talk to him. He got a divorce, you know."

"And I know why......"


"See, Jo, he does love you. It's written somewhere that you two were meant for each other. This whole town knows it. The gossip in this pitiful town is still about the Leery boy and the Potter girl."

"Sure whatever, Bess. Look I'm going to talk to him."

She goes to her boat and starts rowing. A flood of old memories comes back.

"How many times did I row across this creek?" she wonders out loud.

Meanwhile, rowing towards Joey's house, when he sees another boat. "Hey, I think that's Joey. JOEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Joey starts rowing faster and faster towards the middle. "DAWSON!!!!!!!!!!"

They finally meet at the middle. "We've got to talk," they said simultaneously.

"Come on, let's go to the ruins," Dawson suggests.

They row to the dock on his side and walk to the ruins where they sat side by side. Little did they know they had eavesdroppers...

"Pacey, I swear to God they're going to tell each other now," Jen hisses.

"Duh!!!! Can you belive they've been waiting their whole lives for this and they wait 25 years?!"

"No, but if it doesn't happen now,, I'm going to dare them to kiss!!!!! And we know what happened last time......."

"Well, Joey as you probably know, I got divorced from Calista."

"I know that Dawson, but why?"

"We just didn't make each other happy. And there was always this feeling inside of me that I didn't love her. And now I know that it's right," Dawson says, while moving closer to Joey.

Joey's heart is beating a mile a minute. She think she knows whats coming, she just wants to hear it from him. "What do you mean by that, Dawson?"

Dawson whispers,"I love you. I always have and always will."

"Dawson, that's what you said before I made my decision to go to France. And look what happened now." Joey slaps herself mentally for saying that.

"Hey, it's not my fault we went to different collages. But Jo, do you feel the same way?"

"Oh, God, Dawson, more than you could ever imagine."

"Then why won't you believe me?"

"Well, do you really Dawson? Is the feeling mutual again?"

"Jo, the feeling was always mutual,"Dawson says softly as he leans over to kiss her.

Joey does not resist.

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